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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) staff is in the early stages of planning for a second tube across San Francisco Bay. One of the routes BART is considering would run under Alameda and bring with it at least one station. The new tube could also bring Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor train service running in tandem with BART across the Bay.

Mayor Trish Spencer was among the models at this year’s popular Mastick Senior Center Fashion Show. Master of Ceremonies Gretchen Lipow introduced the 22 senior models wearing donated clothing from the Mastick Thrift Shop. In addition to models parading around the hall, a luncheon was served by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Alameda. The annual event also featured an intermission for door prizes. “The clothing this year was bright and colorful,” said Lipow. “I enjoyed not only describing their outfits, but shouting out in support of the women themselves who were participating.”

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will completely close the northbound Interstate 880 onramp at 23rd Avenue for two weeks starting tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 28, until Monday, Oct. 15. According to Caltrans, the closure is necessary to complete the connector ramp for the new 23rd Avenue overcrossing onto northbound I-880.

Caltrans will post warning messages and detour signs. Project information can be found at


Each fall, Medicare seniors can sign up for, change or disenroll from a health plan for the following year. Yet, despite having more options than ever, research shows that most people choose the wrong health plan, often paying more than they need to.

Calyx Health, a doctor’s office exclusively for Medicare seniors in Alameda, analyzed its patients’ secondary insurances (Medigap, Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug Plans) and found some alarming results:


Alameda Municipal Power customers can now apply to use battery-storage systems. At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Public Utilities Board approved these systems, which customers can use to save energy they can use at any time. 

To qualify, battery-storage systems must be paired with renewable energy systems, like a solar-power system. AMP, however, prohibits these systems from sending energy back to the city’s own distribution grid.